June 13, 2012
America East Release w/ Full Standings
BOSTON - Continuing its standard of athletic excellence in the America East, Boston University has captured its 12th Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup, the league announced Wednesday evening at the conference's annual meetings. The Terriers have now won seven straight Cups and 10 in the last 11 years.
The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and championship competition in the conference's 20 sports.
BU won by the narrowest margin in league history, as it edged Albany by just two points to retain the Cup. The Terriers captured five America East Championships, six regular-season crowns and five runner-up finishes to net 397 points, the second most in seven years under the current scoring system. Albany garnered the third-most points in the current system, finishing with 395.
"I'm very proud of our coaches and student-athletes for their continued success, especially in the face of rising levels of competitive spirit in the America East Conference," said Boston University Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. "Seven straight Commissioner's Cup titles is obviously quite an accomplishment."
Stony Brook earned its most points in school history (331) and came in third place. Only 11 points separated the next three schools with UMBC finishing fourth (232 points), Binghamton coming in fifth (224) and New Hampshire placing sixth (221). Vermont (199), Hartford (190) and Maine (153) rounded out the field.
The Terriers claimed at least a share of all but one of the regular-season titles for which they were eligible. Along with the six regular-season crowns, BU won five tournament titles and had five runner-up finishes.
The women's soccer team and the softball team each swept the regular-season and tournament titles, with the women's soccer program accomplishing that feat for the fifth straight season. The men's and women's swimming & diving teams each captured a conference crown in the same season for the first time since 1994, and the women's indoor track & field team claimed its 12th title in program history.
In addition to the women's soccer team, the women's basketball and women's lacrosse teams each completed an undefeated run to a regular-season title. The men's soccer team and the field hockey team also claimed regular-season crowns for BU.
The Terriers tied UMBC for the most runners-up this year with five as men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's indoor track & field and women's outdoor track & field all finished second at their respective America East Championships.
"Congratulations to the entire Boston University athletic department on this impressive feat and its ongoing success within our league," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "Accolades are also due to the University at Albany and its staff on making this the closest Commissioner's Cup race in conference history. This year's achievements, which all nine of our member institutions have contributed to -- nine NCAA wins, a trip to the College World series, a national champion, 30 All-Americans -- are some of the best highlights in America East history and lay the foundation for even more success in years to come."
The Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup is named in honor of the first commissioner of America East. Haskell served as commissioner of the conference from 1987 until his retirement in 1997.
The scoring system for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup is as follows: In sports where regular-season round robin competition is conducted, the first-place institution in the final standings receives four points times the total number of teams involved in conference play. The second-place institution receives four less points; third place receives eight less points, and so on. Additionally, the America East (tournament) champion receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place receives four less points and so on down to the last-place institution which receives two points.
In sports where regular-season round robin competition is not conducted (cross country, tennis, track & field, swimming & diving), the first-place institution at the America East championship receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place gets four less points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points.